AIF SUPPORTS reducing the state sales tax on commercial electricity and gas consumption. Reducing this expense is a good way to make Florida more attractive for businesses to locate in the state.
AIF SUPPORTS efforts to permanently eliminate corporate income tax on manufacturing and retail businesses. The elimination of this tax will reduce the cost for businesses in Florida by about $770 million annually, attract more businesses to the state, and diversify Florida’s economy by helping more businesses succeed. In addition, this effort to repeal the corporate income tax provides an excellent incentive for businesses to expand in Florida and for companies looking to relocate here. AIF continues to OPPOSE any structural changes to the corporate income tax such as combined reporting or the “throwback” rule or any other “loophole” issues.
AIF SUPPORTS an incremental reduction of taxes imposed on rental or license fees charged for use of commercial real property. Florida is the only state that charges taxes on the lease of commercial property; and while this is a major part of the state’s tax revenues, it needs to be gradually reduced and eventually eliminated to make Florida more attractive to business.
AIF SUPPORTS Sales Tax Holidays for school supplies, hurricane or disaster preparedness supplies, and purchases by veterans. This tax holiday is a win-win for customers and the state as sales tend to increase more than they would without the tax holiday.
AIF SUPPORTS the elimination of the $9 million annual cap on research and development credits applied against state income tax. This credit would encourage an increase in research and development work in Florida as well as incentivize research and development enterprises to move to the state.
AIF OPPOSES any legislation, administrative rule or proposed constitutional amendment that would attempt to create a new tax on services. A tax on any services would put Florida businesses at a competitive disadvantage and would discourage new businesses from coming to the state.
AIF SUPPORTS continuing reductions in the state portion of the communications service tax which applies to business and wireless phone service, cable, and satellite television services. The tax rate on communications services is higher than on general sales and makes the communications services expense a significant deterrent for businesses to locate here. The reduction of the state portion is good for Florida businesses and makes Florida more attractive to companies looking to relocate. AIF SUPPORTS efforts to further streamline and improve the administration of this complicated tax structure to provide more efficiencies and transparency. Also, AIF SUPPORTS exempting network investment or business inputs used to provide communications services from sales and use tax. Taxing network investments or business inputs creates an increase in costs for businesses that result in increased costs for the consumer.
AIF SUPPORTS the entertainment industry tax credit program, including sales tax exemptions for motion picture, sound, and video equipment. This economic development program and tax exemption allows Florida to compete with other states and international locations for economic development generated by attracting feature films, high impact television and digital media productions.
AIF SUPPORTS the Urban Jobs Tax Credit Program. This program encourages economic activity and job creation in areas designated as high crime areas.
AIF OPPOSES legislation that will cause a nearly $300 million tax increase on Florida’s insurance industry, resulting in an increase in insurance premiums for Florida’s business community. Florida is one of only a few states that have two separate taxes for insurers – a corporate income tax paid by all businesses and a second, punitive tax on the insurance premiums paid by Floridians. Therefore, this premium tax credit was created in 1987 to lessen the burden on insurers while also allowing them to reinvest these funds back into their business. Repealing this 30-year insurance salary tax credit removes the mechanism that helps keep insurance rates for everyday Floridians as low as possible.
AIF SUPPORTS legislation that would decouple Florida’s Corporate Income Tax from two provisions enacted in late 2017 by the federal government. Florida should decouple from the section 163(j) limitation on interest deductibility and also provide a state subtraction for what is referred to as GILTI. By way of short background:
The Florida Department of Revenue issued its final report on the state impact of the TCJA on the Florida tax base. With respect to 965 income, the Department confirms that 965 income is not included in the Florida tax base, and so no legislative action is needed. With respect to GILTI, the Department indicates that the existing state subtraction for foreign dividends and income included under 951 does not apply to GILTI. The Department suggests that the Legislature consider providing a state subtraction for GILTI to avoid constitutional issues. With respect to 163(j), the Department confirms that the limitation will be included in the computation of the state tax base and provides that the Florida taxpayer would re-compute its 163(j) limitation on a separate company basis since Florida is a separate reporting state.